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NASA's Goof Could Mean $4M Windfall for Illinois Woman

Bag from Apollo 11 will be auctioned July 20, ending the drama

(Newser) - Only one man was able to be the very first to walk on the moon. Now, an auction that's just as singular. On July 20, Sotheby's will auction a bag containing traces of moon dust, which a Chicago-area woman picked up for $995 and which is expected to... More »

China Wants to Set Up a Base on the Moon

It's in talks with the European Space Agency to team up on 'Moon Village'

(Newser) - China's lunar ambitions keep growing: Beijing and the European Space Agency are discussing potential collaboration on a human outpost on the moon, reports the AP . The secretary general for China's space agency, Tian Yulong, first disclosed the talks about the envisioned lunar base in Chinese state media, and... More »

Trips to Titanic Begin in 2018

London company to begin upscale expeditions to the wreck off Canada

(Newser) - With large-scale commercial trips to the moon still a ways off, what's a well-heeled traveler seeking adventure to do? A London outfit is proposing the bottom of the sea. Blue Marble Private will begin expeditions to the resting place of the Titanic in May 2018. Groups of nine people... More »

NASA Finds Long-Lost Lunar Probe Still in Orbit

Ground radar spotted Chandrayaan-1

(Newser) - Almost eight years after it stopped communicating with ground stations, NASA has rediscovered India's Chandrayaan-1 lunar probe. The long-lost spacecraft didn't crash into the lunar surface in 2009, as some had suspected, but continued circling the moon in a slightly different orbit. NASA says it detected the small... More »

NASA Loses Fight Over Priceless Bag of Moon Dust

Illinois woman official owner of Apollo 11 space bag

(Newser) - At first glance, the round, white bag looks unremarkable, even a little battered, with a lengthy tear on the bottom, reports the Houston Chronicle . But it's now the official gem of Nancy Lee Carlson's collection of space memorabilia. After a yearlong legal battle , a judge ruled that the... More »

Space Speculation: Who Are the Mystery Moon Tourists?

SpaceX could make history by sending the first woman

(Newser) - So who are the two space tourists who will be flown around the moon by SpaceX next year? The company isn't saying, but a post at the Atlantic points out an interesting stat: Of the 24 people who have flown to the moon so far (half of whom have... More »

After Decade, Lunar X Prize Sets One Final Deadline

Five teams still hoping to reach moon to win $20M prize

(Newser) - It's officially a five-team space race for $20 million, Quartz reports. The X Prize Foundation announced Tuesday that just five teams remain in its 10-year contest to land a private spacecraft on the moon. According to CNET , the Google Lunar X Prize was first announced in 2007, but none... More »

The Moon Is Older Than We Previously Thought

It's 4.51B years old, according to a new study

(Newser) - It turns out the moon is older than many scientists suspected: a ripe 4.51 billion years old. That's the newest estimate, thanks to rocks and soil collected by the Apollo 14 moonwalkers in 1971, the AP reports. A research team reported Wednesday that the moon formed within 60... More »

Our Moon May Have Been Created From 'Moonlets'

A series of cosmic collisions may have spawned the smaller moonlets

(Newser) - A series of cosmic collisions may have spawned multiple moonlets that morphed into the one big moon we know today, the AP reports. Rather than one giant impact that knocked off part of early Earth and created the moon, a number of smaller collisions may have produced lots of mini-moons,... More »

White Rainbows Frequent Only 2 Places in the World

Zambia and Kentucky boast monthly displays

(Newser) - Waterfalls are among the most reliable places to catch a rainbow, but only two on the planet offer up a regular display of its close cousin, the moonbow: Cumberland Falls in Kentucky and Victoria Falls on the Zambia-Zimbabwe border. Also called a white rainbow, a moonbow appears when moonlight (which... More »

The Moon Hasn't Been This Close Since 1948

Supermoon will be at its brightest early Monday

(Newser) - The brightest moon in almost 69 years is lighting up the sky this week in a treat for star watchers around the globe. The phenomenon known as the supermoon will reach its most luminescent in North America before dawn on Monday. It will reach its zenith in Asia and the... More »

Moon Will Make a Star Vanish on Tuesday Night

Don't fear: It's just an 'occultation'

(Newser) - Sky watchers will get a bit of a show Tuesday night: People across the Eastern US and much of the Southwest will be able to see the moon move in front of Aldebaran, one of the brightest stars in the night sky, a phenomenon known as a lunar occultation, reports... More »

The Poor Moon Is Pummeled Way More Than We Thought

Study finds it gets a 'facelift' much more quickly than expected

(Newser) - A steady pounding by meteors, comets, and other space rocks gives the moon a high-power facelift—every 81,000 years. A new study published in Nature finds that pummeling reworks about the top inch of the entire lunar surface over that period, which happens to be "more than a... More »

You Can Safely Ignore Hype About Friday's 'Black Moon'

Nothing to see here folks, literally

(Newser) - Social media is going wild for the "black moon" coming up on Friday, but it turns out it's not much of a big deal. (Despite some "End of Days" headlines, like so .) First off, you won't be able to see much of anything in the... More »

What the Hubble Saw Shooting Up on Jupiter Moon

Search for life on Europa could be easier than expected

(Newser) - The Hubble Space Telescope has spied what appear to be water plumes on one of Jupiter's icy moons shooting up as high as 125 miles. The geysers are apparently from an underground ocean that's thought to exist on Europa, considered one of the top places to search for... More »

Friday's Harvest Moon Comes With Eclipse—for Some

Those in North America out of luck on the eclipse part

(Newser) - Skywatchers can witness a rare sight Friday night, though people in North America will have to settle for doing so via the Internet. The part everyone can see: It will be a full moon, and because this one falls closed to the fall equinox, it's called a harvest moon... More »

Summer Gets Rare Welcome: Strawberry Moon

A couple of cosmic events collide for the first time in a half-century

(Newser) - On Monday, everyone in the Northern Hemisphere can finally say "Welcome, summer!"—and also lift their eyes up to witness a different cosmic phenomenon that only happens in tandem with the summer solstice every half-century or so, ScienceAlert notes. The strawberry moon, a full moon in June... More »

Moon Once Looked Different From Earth

Planetary scientists believe its axis shifted 6 degrees over a billion years

(Newser) - "We tend to think that objects in the sky have always been the way we view them," says planetary scientist Matt Siegler. But that most viewable of objects—our moon—hasn't always looked as it does today, according to Siegler and his colleagues. They believe that some... More »

NASA Releases 'Weird Music' From Dark Side of the Moon

Audio from Apollo 10 reveals astronauts' conversation about mystery sounds

(Newser) - Sorry, Pink Floyd, you no longer hold the sole claim to sounds from the dark side. In an upcoming episode of the Science Channel's NASA's Unexplained Files , audio from Apollo 10—which flew to the far side of the moon in 1969, two months before Apollo 11's... More »

'Embryo' Planet Plowed Into Earth, Creating Moon —and Stayed

New study suggests Earth is made up of 2 planets that fused in violent collision

(Newser) - Scientists already know that roughly 4.5 billion years ago planet Earth was violently smacked into by another mass —Theia, a so-called "planetary embryo" that was still forming and may have been just as large as Earth. But now UCLA researchers report that the collision was not a... More »

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